Bartok: Complete Works for Violin and Piano

Bartok: Complete Works for Violin and Piano

by Sherban Lupu
     
 
Béla Bartók's best-known and most substantial works for violin and piano are his "Sonatas No. 1" and "No. 2" and the "Rhapsodies No. 1" and "No. 2," though he wrote several more pieces for this combination of instruments -- some early miscellaneous compositions, and later collections of folk songs and dances, which Bartók identifies by name or national origin -- which

Overview

Béla Bartók's best-known and most substantial works for violin and piano are his "Sonatas No. 1" and "No. 2" and the "Rhapsodies No. 1" and "No. 2," though he wrote several more pieces for this combination of instruments -- some early miscellaneous compositions, and later collections of folk songs and dances, which Bartók identifies by name or national origin -- which are less frequently played but attractive for their vibrant moods and enjoyable for their fresh harmonies and rhythmic vitality. Violinist Sherban Lupu and pianist Ian Hobson present all the published works in this handsome double-disc from Zephyr, not in chronological order but in a balanced arrangement where the original compositions and the folk suites are evenly sorted for the sake of variety. Lupu and Hobson are engaging performers, though they are most relaxed and playful in the youthful "Sonata" (1903) and the dance pieces, which seem to allow a few casual touches. Because this set is comprehensive and runs to over 2.5 hours, newcomers may find listening to it in one sitting a bit daunting; concentrating on one disc or the other is fine, since each gives a fair impression of Bartók's varied styles, whether in his accessible, late-Romantic vein or in his spiky modernist manner. Zephyr's sound quality is fine, though a bit lacking in presence.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/30/2005
Label:
Zephyr Records
UPC:
0076593300421
catalogNumber:
13004
Rank:
242616

Tracks

  1. Sonata for violin & piano in E minor, BB 28, DD 72
  2. Folk dances: Ardeleana (Transylvanian Dance); Joc (Dance); Jocu
  3. Sonatina for violin & piano (arranged from piano work by Endré Gertler with Bartok's approval), Sz. 55, BB 102a
  4. Folk dances: De ciuit (For shouting); Árfátfalvi kesergö (Sad s
  5. Rhapsody for violin & piano No. 1, Sz. 86, BB 94a
  6. Rhapsody for violin & piano No. 1, Sz. 86, BB 94a: Friss-second ending only
  7. Folk dances: Romanie (Romania); Tigaresca (Gypsy dance); De-a s
  8. Rhapsody for violin & piano No. 2, Sz. 89, BB 96a
  9. Rhapsody for violin & piano No. 2, Sz. 89, BB 96a: Friss-original version
  10. Sonata for violin & piano No. 1 in C sharp minor, Sz. 75, BB 84 (Op. 21)
  11. Sonata for violin & piano No. 2 in C major, Sz. 76, BB 85
  12. Albumblatt (Andante), for violin & piano in A major, DD 70, BB 26b
  13. Hungarian Folksongs, for violin & piano (transcribed from "For Children" by Tivadar Országh & Béla Bartók)
  14. Hungarian Folk Tunes, for violin & piano (arranged by Joseph Szigeti and Bela Bartók from "For Children")
  15. Romanian Folk Dances (7) for violin & piano (arranged by Zoltán Szekely from piano version), Sz. 56, BB 68

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